Parker Hannifin, Fraunhofer partner to advance fuel cell humidifiers

Parker Hannifin’s Engine Mobile Filtration EMEA Division (EMFE) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems (IMM) have partnered to further develop and test new proprietary hollow fibre membrane technology designed for fuel cell humidification applications.

Parker has thorough experience in developing membrane filtration solutions for a variety of applications, including fuel cells. The company first introduced membrane fibres for gas separation in the 1980s and is now leveraging this knowledge to develop the next generation of fuel cell humidifiers.

The partnership is expected to run for up to two years and covers:

  • Efficiency evaluations of existing Parker-designed fuel cell humidifiers
  • Development and use of a specialized test rig
  • Performance simulations to identify the effects of fibre length, diameter, and permeability on the humidifiers.

“We are delighted to launch this partnership with the Fraunhofer IMM, a world leader in applied research,” said Jonathan Griffith, General Manager of EMFE at Parker. “Fuel cell technology is key to helping reduce emissions worldwide. We are confident that with Fraunhofer’s development assistance and the support of Parker’s EMFE R&D site in Stuttgart, Germany, among others, we will continue to improve our hollow fibre membrane technology, extend the service life of fuel cell humidifiers, and increase efficiency for our customers.”

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